Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

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June 7 2016 – Brain Death Part III, Angela Clemente’s personal experiences

On May 3rd, Dr Paul Byrne, MD, neonatologist and expert on “brain death” gave us an introductory course on the connection between a “brain death” diagnosis and the organ donation/transplant industry. Dr Paul is the founder of the Life Guardian Foundation (lifeguardianfoundation.org) where you will find information and resources to help save a life. Dr Paul wrote an excelent summary of the issue for Renew America—> http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/ byrne/120216 .

The following week (May 10) found Bernice Jones and Missy on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” describing how their children were declared brain dead and became fodder for the transplant industry.

Today (Tuesday June 7) Angela Clemente will describe the process she had to invent to save her mother’s life, as well as a variety of experiences she has had as an advocate for other families that have fought the medical establishment to get proper treatment for a family member who was declared brain dead.

Angela is a forensic scientist [forensic scientists are tasked with the collection, preservation, and analysis of scientific evidence during the course of an investigation] with vast experience in law, medicine and criminal investigation serving law enforcement, the FBI and the state department. She uses her analysis and investigative skills to assist families being bullied by the medical community. She is the perfect person to ask these questions:

  • What are typical situations that lead to a “brain death diagnosis”?
  • Whereas, a few years ago it was not uncommon for someone to remain in ICU on a ventilator for several months, today hospitals may hasten to remove ordinary life sustaining care like water, food and oxygen in a few days. Why is that?
  • What is “brain death” (bd)? Does a determination of bd depend on the sophistication of the equipment being used and the training/experience of the technician? Are their standards/protocols/certification???
  • Following a serious accident, a call goes to 911 and EMTs soon arrive. Could the care administered by EMTs be compromised by the transplant industry? What should one look for?
  • How might one’s care in ER and ICU be determined to benefit the Hospital rather than the patient?
  • What is the typical process that takes place when a patient is considered a prime source for vital organs?
  • When in this process must a family member be prepared to intervene? How?
  • Why is it difficult to remove a family member patient from a hospital that refuses to treat?
  • In addition to yourself and Dr Paul Byrne, who else (individuals and organizations) can be called for assistance in preserving the life of a friend?
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May 31 2016 – Gender Theory and Gender Mainstreaming – The Latest Assault on the Family

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!”(Isaiah 5:20)

Woe to those in government who try to force removal of any differentiation between man and woman, male and female, boys and girls. Woe to those who would allow males to use bathrooms and other facilities where women and girls undress. Woe to those who advocate a sexless and genderless society that accommodates the “freedom” to choose one’s gender/sex.

I suppose it should not be surprising that our make-believe-culture, which grants the legal “right” to kill one’s own child, or “marry” a person of the same gender/sex, would attempt to wipe away any distinction between male and female. But God made us male and female–“. . . male and female he created them.”(Gn1:27)

What and who are driving this phenomenon? And why has it gained traction? And who is confronting it?

Today we ask Gabriele Kuby for answers. Gabriele is a German Catholic, mother, sociologist, and author of The Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, originally in German (2012), recently (2015) translated to English, published by LifeSite and Angelico Press, Kettering Ohio, www.angelicopress.com.

Pope Benedict XVI said this about the German edition, “Mrs. Kuby is a brave warrior against ideologies that ultimately result in the destruction of man.”

Other testimonies:

“. . . Her work will help readers understand that false visions of freedom are highways to slavery, and that true freedom is to be found in self-mastery and virtue.” —ROBERT P. GEORGE, Princeton University
“Kuby maps the topography of horror that sex unleashed from the moral order visits upon any society that allows it. —ROBERT R. REILLY, American Foreign Policy Council
“Gabriele Kuby is a global treasure and a remarkably brave soul, speaking as she does from the very heart of European secularism. In this book, Kuby gets to the heart of the matter: the grotesque distortion of the human person at the hands of the sexual left, through what Pope Francis and the African bishops properly call ‘ideological colonialism.’” —AUSTIN RUSE, President, Center for Family & Human Rights
“Gabriele Kuby is a contemporary Joan of Arc in Europe . . . she is awakening the conscience of a generation. Writing with utter lucidity, in The Global Sexual Revolution she gives us a comprehensive understanding of the war for the future of mankind that has spread with astonishing speed throughout the world. . . . ” —MICHAEL D. O’BRIEN,
“The sexual revolution has never been about true freedom, but rather, about destroying it. Gabriele Kuby makes an eloquent and factual case for why all those concerned with liberty and rights of conscience must stand up—before it is too late—to those agendas that seek, even demand, to take away our freedom.” —ALAN E. SEARS, President, Alliance Defending Freedom

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May 24 2016 – Do you want to be God? Does God want you to be God?

These two question no doubt strike most of you (and me) as very strange. We know from Sacred Scripture* that we were created in God’s image and likeness. But can that mean we so image God, and are so like Him, that we are Gods?

We are very fortunate to have Father David Meconi, SJ, Theology professor at St Louis U, explain The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, which is the subtitle for Called to Be the Children of God. Father Meconi and Carl Olson, MTS, are the editors of Called to . . . , which is hot off the press from Ignatius Press.

This concept of being God according to Catholic teaching is totally different from that of modern individuals making themselves cultural gods that recognize their own ideas of truth. The US Supreme Court has fostered this “freedom” by their recently redefining marriage and religious freedom, and in PP vs Casey (1992) that affirmed the right to abortion because “people . . . have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

From the press release for Called to Be Children of God: The first generations of Christians saw in their new lives in Jesus Christ a way to transcend all the limitations of sin and death and become new creatures. St. Peter expressed this as “participating in the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4), while St. Athanasius stated it succinctly 300 years later: “God became a human, so humans could become God.” This is the heart of the Christian faith and the pledge of the Christian promise: that those baptized in Christ become “divine” through their partaking in God’s own life and love. This is why Christians can live forever, this is the source of their charity and their holiness, this is why we do not need to live in a world ruled by fallen instinct and sinful desires. We have been made for more, for infinitely more.

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May 17, 2016 – Father Frank Pavone’s latest book encourages homilists to address the evil of abortion

It is always a great joy for me to have Fr Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, as our Guest on “The quest for a Culture of Life in America” because he is the most articulate, and one of the most prominent, pro-life leaders in the world.
In many (possibly most) parishes the subject of abortion is never mentioned from the pulpit. Why is the legal killing of pre-born children ignored in our churches? Many excuses have been given. Father Frank gives short responses to 30 of them in his latest book—Proclaiming the Message of Life, Weekly reflections from the Lectionary. But the most common excuse priests give is that they have to preach on the readings. Father Frank discards this excuse by a comprehensive review of all the Sunday and Holyday readings to find life-affirming messages for the entire three-year cycle.
If you want your pastor to preach with love, compassion, and integrity on the abortion issue, you should seriously consider giving him a copy of Proclaiming the Message of Life.

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May 10, 2016 – “Brain Death” and organ transplantation Part II – personal stories

Last week Dr Paul Byrne educated us on the evil twins of “brain death” and the organ transplantation business–yet another element of the Culture of Death that ravages our lives, families and religious freedom. Dr Byrne’s resume includes his pioneering research and development of ventilators and incubators for preemies in intensive care, half a century of the highest quality pediatrics and neonatology, and the world’s leading educator on the falsity of “brain death” and its necessity for stealing healthy living organs from living human “donors”.

Today (two days after Mother’s Day), Benice, Missy and Carolyn (hopefully) will tell how their children were declared brain dead and became fodder for the transplant industry that is another corruption of health care.

What are the other corruptions? Contraception and sterilization destroying the God-designed procreative system; IVF and other “reproductive technologies” that replace God’s design for creating new human life; using human embryos for “research”; refusing to admit the huge increase in breast (and other) cancers caused by hormonal birth control; murder of children in the womb=abortion; and physician assisted suicide=murder. There are probably others.

May God have mercy and deliver us from all these evils!

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May 03 2016 – Two Year-old Israel Has Been Declared “brain dead”, But Is He Really Dead?

Doctor Paul Byrne is a retired Toledo neonatologist, but he is still visiting “patients”–not in Toledo, but all around the USA. Lately he has been helping Israel Stinson’s parents and Life Legal Defense Foundation prevent a California hospital from removing Israel’s life support systems. Israel is on a ventilator and hospital physicians have declared him “brain dead”. But his mother claims that he is responsive to her tickling him. As I understand the situation, Israel’s parents are asking for simple surgeries that would enable him to be moved to a long-term care facility–possibly at home.

The questions that Israel’s case raises are not new to Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” listeners, and certainly not new to Dr Byrne–our Guest today. Here are some of those questions that Dr Paul will address at Noon ET, today:

  • What is Israel’s condition and how did he get where he is? Age, family, location, health status and how he came to be declared ‘brain dead’?
  • What are the medical treatment issues and why does the hospital want to remove his ventilator?
  • What is being done legally to protect Israel and secure his proper care/treatment? What is his prognosis?
  • How are some of your other “patients” doing–like Jahi?
  • Does ‘brain death’ have any legitimacy in your view?
  • Who has a stake in Israel’s life and why?
  • Regarding the ethics of Israel’s situation, what do/would the following say:
    • NCBC?
    • Other pro-life physicians?
    • Advocates for using Israel’s body parts to prolong life and life quality for a dozen others?
    • God?
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April 26 2016 – Old Testament Justice Lessons for the Year of Mercy

In this Year of Mercy we are being inundated with articles, homilies, and books about God’s mercy. And that is a good thing! We are growing in our appreciation for God’s super-abundant mercy. BUT, we should not forget God’s justice—not for a year or a day. His justice can be harsh, and even seem to be UNjustice, particularly in His treatment of His own “chosen people” as described in the Old Testament.

Our guest today (on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”) is bible scholar and professor, Mark Giszczak, PhD. Mark will provide reasonable answers to nagging questions on some of Sacred Scripture’s most perplexing parts from his book In Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015).

“The God of fierce justice is the same as the God of abundant mercy,” says Giszczak. “The one who reigns over the universe in justice, the one who punishes sins, is the same one who dies on the cross for us.

Mark will explain why punishment must exist—by God’s mercy—to enforce moral responsibility, including the ultimate punishment of Hell. There are times when God has directly killed, or permitted the killing of people to enact justice. He can enlighten us to how the death penalty in the Old Testament is actually essential to divine pedagogy (the gradual revelation of God to man), and clarifies the God-given teaching of the just-war doctrine. In In the Light . . . , he shows how OT stories of mass destruction, murder, genocide, polygamy, divorce, slavery, misogyny, even child sacrifice are part of God’s larger rescue-mission of mercy toward man, and of guiding us toward right-reason. Did you notice that these OT evils are still with us today? God must wonder, “are they ever going ‘to get it’?”

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April 19 2016 – Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Exhortation – A reflection by Fathers Daniel McCaffery and Matthew Habiger

I cannot think of any two priests better qualified to review Pope Francis’ “Exhortation” ‘Amoris Laetitia’, ‘Love in the Family’, or ‘The Joy of Love’, than Fathers Daniel McCaffrey, STD, founder of NFP Outreach, and renowned traveling missionary for God’s Plan for Spousal Love and his partner Father Matthew Habiger, OSB, PhD (Moral Theology), who traveled the world as President of Human Life International for 10 years. Together they offer priests convocations, parish missions on the CCC and seminars on NFP . They have been encouraging priests to speak with love and courage about God’s plan for spousal love for several decades. I am very proud to include them on One More Soul’s distinguished Board of Advisors.

Much has already been written about the the Pope’s Exhortation. Does it change Church doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, or the prohibition from Holy Communion for those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment?? Are same-sex unions granted some legitimacy? Is the exhortation a “magisterial” document; what authority does it carry? Is historic Church Doctrine affirmed?

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April 12, 2016 – Father Frank Pavone, His Vocation and Passion

It is clear from Fr Frank Pavone’s story of God’s calling him to the priesthood that God was also calling him to dedicate his life to saving children from abortion. And that is what Father Frank has been committed to since he participated in the 3rd March For Life in 1976.

Five years after his 1988 ordination for the Archdiocese of New York by John Cardinal O’Conner, the Cardinal appointed Father full-time National Director of Priests For Life—the largest Catholic pro-life organization in the USA. Priests For Life has significant apostolates in virtually all aspects of the pro-life movement including support for aborted women [Silent-No-More] and political activities that are consistent with IRS conditions for not-for-profit organizations. Father Frank will tell us about efforts that support pro-life candidates in the current presidential races, including in 5 targeted states that can use your help.

Father Pavone and Priests For Life are two of the 37 petitioners (including The Little Sisters of the Poor) who are refusing to honor HHS and Obama Care requirements to include contraception, abortion and sterilization in their employee health plans. Father Frank was present for the Holy Thursday Supreme Court oral arguments and will give us a report on how that went and the likely future scenario after the current stalemate.

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April 5 2016 – From Committed Atheist to Dedicated Catholic Evangelist

St. John Paul II first called for a “new evangelization” some thirty years ago. Throughout his pontificate, the Holy Father encouraged renewed efforts in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who seek the truth. But, even after 30 years, I think many Catholics still don’t have a good handle on evangelization, let alone the “new” evangelization.

In 2012, Croatian Archbishop Nikola Eterović organized a synod of bishops on the New Evangelization. That synod defined New Evangelization by distinguishing three different kinds of missionary effort:

  • Evangelization as a regular activity of the church, a lifelong process directed at practicing Catholics;
  • The mission ad gentes, meaning the first proclamation of Christ to non-Christian persons and peoples;
  • “New Evangelization,” meaning outreach to baptized Catholics who have become distant from the faith.

The best way to teach and lead is by example. Jesus came to be one of us–as we celebrated with His Incarnation yesterday–to teach and lead by His example. But that was two thousand years ago. Who are the 21st Century evangelists? The “new” evangelists? And what are they doing to be labeled “new evangelists”?

Karen Edmisten’s You Can Share the Faith, Reaching Out One Person at a Time (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016, www.osv.com) describes her journey from atheism to Catholicism and on to unwitting super evangelist. In a way it is an autobiography that cites the evangelists that changed her life and the evangelical opportunities that God put in her life’s pathway to make her an evangelist.

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